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posterior presentaciòn el la 10ª Conferencia sobre la Física, Química y Biología del Agua en Octubre en Bulgaria
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Research about a type of tissue called fascia and about improving its hydration for better health and wellbeing. This research will be presented through a poster at the 4th Fascia Research Congress in Washington DC, USA (http://www.fasciacongress.org/2015/).
The poster is a format for presenting information during a scientific congress or conference. In this case, the poster presents a hypothesis based on observations I made in my practice as a practitioner of the Duggan/French Approach (DFA) for Somatic Pattern Recognition. DFA is a method that creates awareness of the shapes and forms in which we have organized our experience in the body and makes it possible to modulate them. The subject of the congress is the research of fascia, a whitish greyish substance, wrapping our muscles, bones and organs. Until quite recently it was considered inert filling material without any interest for scientific research. This is far from being true, and in the last years research has discovered many functions that are important for health and wellbeing. In the work with my clients I observe that the excess of involuntary tension in muscles and connective tissues dries these tissues out, while sometimes it may retain liquids in other areas of the body. Upon balancing their tone, hydration is improved, which is highly beneficial. Another effect of excessive tension is that the remaining hydration water becomes more acid, fostering inflammations and chronic disorders which, in turn, may become forerunners for more serious diseases like for example cancer. Moreover, the excess of involuntary tension makes tissues denser, so that rehydration becomes more difficult. Clinical observations suggest that upon balancing the tonicity of these tissues, both hydration and the acid/base homeostasis improve.
Main features and goals of the crowdfunding campaign
The title of the poster: Balancing Myofascial Tone to Improve Tissue Hydration and Acid-Base Homeostasis.
The congress: 4th Fascia Research Congress in Washington DC, USA, September 18-20, 2015 (http://www.fasciacongress.org/2015/).
The aim is to promote research in an area that may provide highly useful information for preventive medicine and effective treatment of pain and numerous chronic disorders without any undesirable side effects.
The photos and video images of fascia are courtesy of Endovivo Productions (http://endovivo.com/en/dvds.php).
Why this is important
Annie Duggan and Janie French had developed the Duggan/French Approach (DFA) together. After Janie’s death in 2001 Annie asked me to work on explaining the effect of the manual DFA intervention. About ten years ago, while I was writing an article related to the subject, all of a sudden it was as if I was standing on top of a high mountain in the middle of the night and a long-lasting lightning was lighting up a huge wide landscape all around me. Intuitively I understood something about the organization of water in the body.
In the following years I went out to study water. I talked with water researchers, listened to them and read their papers and books in order to put the knowledge that grew out of my observations in the work with my clients to the test. And I worked on finding words that would allow me to communicate what I had understood in that moment on top of the mountain.
I participated in the 7th, 8th and 9th Annual Conference on the the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water (http://www.waterconf.org/) presenting posters in order to find out if the conclusions I had arrived at based on my clinical observations made sense to the water researchers and to improve my understanding of water dynamics in tissue hydration.
I published two articles based on those posters (www.dfa-europa.com/EN/Other-works-published/x015/DFA--Water-and-Fasciae/y061/Working-with-Beliefs-Reflected-in-Liquid-Crystal.html and www.dfa-europa.com/EN/Other-works-published/x015/DFA--Water-and-Fasciae/y060/Towards-a-fuller-understanding-of-the-interaction-between-myofascial-tone-and-water.html).
Due to these articles I received an invitation to present an abstract for a poster in the upcoming Fascia Research Congress. My proposal was accepted. I am very happy about that because I consider DFA Somatic Pattern Recognition to be a valuable contribution to a respectful healthcare, beneficial both for individuals and society as a whole, as DFA promotes awareness of the body, movement and behavior in relationship to the physical and psychosocial environment. Therefore individuals gain the ability to self-regulate and generate wellbeing. In this sense it also makes a positive contribution to the common good.
Even though in the first place the poster addresses the participants at the congress, i.e. a professional public, the benefits resulting from researching water dynamics in tissue hydration will have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of the general public.
(First image: An excess of tension pulls the different parts of this runner’s body into different directions
Second image: With a balanced tone, all the parts of his body work together to get him to the aim as fast as possible.)
Goals of the crowdfunding campaign
- Research of water dynamics in interaction with the proteins of muscles and connective tissues (fasciae)
- Highlight the organism’s exquisite sensitivity and responsiveness due to the coherent organization of the water hydrating the tissues of the body (fascia as a sense organ, independently of the fact that a huge number of nerve endings are found in fascia)
- A deeper understanding of the cooperation between the nervous system and the transmission of signals though coherently ordered water
- A contribution towards a satisfactory, happy and coherent life for more people who gain the knowledge that allows them to self-regulate and generate wellbeing
- A contribution towards peaceful and prosperous co-existence in the collective of all living beings, due to the knowledge that makes it possible to recognize one’s own place in the whole of life.
The poster is based on the experience of 27 years of work as a DFA practitioner and 18 years as an instructor of DFA practitioners. As a team that backs up my project I can name Annie B. Duggan, co-creator of the Duggan/French Approach together with Janie French, who passed away in 2001, Mónica Extremiana, DFA practitioner who shares the studio where we both work, my husband Jaume Saladrigas Cussons and the collective of DFA practitioners in Spain, the USA and Mexico, although the elaboration and presentation of the poster will be my responsibility alone.